Board of Directors

The people who make up the Board of Directors for TIMIA Capital, have a diverse experienced background that creates an environment of governance and accountability for shareholders.

Mike Volker

Executive Chairman

Mike is a Co-Founder of TIMIA (formally GreenAngel Energy), which he launched back in 2008. For over 30 years, Mike has been active in the development of new high technology ventures. He was recently the Director of Simon Fraser University’s Innovation Office, actively participates in the Vancouver Angel Network and New Ventures BC business plan competition.  Mike began his entrepreneurial journey back in 1973, when he started his own company (Volker-Craig Ltd), which he successfully exited in 1981.

Michael holds an Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.

Thealzel Lee


Thealzel joined the board of TIMIA in April 2014. She manages the monthly Vancouver Angel Technology Network (VANTEC) and the Vancouver chapter of the Keiretsu Forum (Northwest Region) for the local startup community of entrepreneurs and angel investors.  Also, she serves on committees with the National Angel Capital Organization (Canada) and the Angel Capital Association (U.S.). She is a founder of two angel seed funds: Nelsa Investment (VCC) Inc. and VANTEC Entrepreneurs Fund (VCC) Inc., which has 40 percent of its portfolio invested in “green technology” companies based in British Columbia. Thealzel is active in a variety of community and philanthropic activities. She currently serves as the Chair of the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada, and has been recognized by the organization Women in the Lead for her many years of service on the boards of non-profit and professional organizations.

Thealzel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Alberta, and an Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

James Pratt


James joined GreenAngel Energy as a Director in November 2012. In his day job, he is the Co-Owner of Prosnack Natural Foods, makers of Elevate Me energy bars and other healthy lifestyle food products. Before Prosnack, James invested in Sepp’s Gourmet Foods and then joined the company in an operational capacity, eventually taking on the role of CEO. Under his leadership, he grew the business from $1M in sales, to $88M. Sepp’s was sold to a NYSE listed multinational in 2010. Jim is an active angel investor, has served as a Director of the Food Innovation Centre of BC and was Chairman of the Functional Foods Alberta Centre of Excellence.

James has a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Mike Walkinshaw

CEO & Director

Mike joined the board of TIMIA Capital in April 2014, taking on the role of CEO in August 2015. He is experienced in revenue financing, venture debt and venture capital investing. Previous to TIMIA, he was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Fronterra Capital, and Managing Partner, CFO at Chrysalix Energy. Before working on the finance side, Mike worked in the technology manufacturing sector in product and program management, strategy and planning.

He has Bachelor of Commerce from the University of BC, and a formal CPA designation.

Howard Atkinson


Howard Atkinson has over 30 years of investment management experience, and has published four books on Exchange Traded Funds. Mr. Atkinson is the former President of Horizons ETFs Management (Canada), and is a member of the S&P/TSX Canada Index Advisory Panel.

David Demers


David Demers was the CEO and Co-Founder of Westport Fuel Systems (TSX:WPT) for over 20 years. Mr. Demers has extensive TSX and board experience, as well as strong knowledge of the technology sector.

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